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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Namu's Asian Street Foods a Big Draw at Ferry Plaza's Thursday Market

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 2:05 PM

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The Korean "tacos" are worth the lines.

We'll call it: The Ferry Plaza Thursday street-food market is officially an S.F. institution.

Shortly after noon today, the lines for the mod Cali-Korean place Namu and Ryan Farr's 4505 Meats snaked across the sidewalk. A camera crew for 7x7 magazine chilled on the curb, waiting for the cluster to thin a bit before turning its cameras on Namu's chefs, busy churning on BBQ belly sandwiches, kimchee fried rice, and what signage dubbed The Real Korean "Tacos."

Call them tacos or Korean ssam ($1.25 each), they're damn tasty. Nori sheets cupping boneless grilled shortrib niblets, a scant bit of rice, and a hash of daikon and kimchee, spattered with kimchee-spiked mayo and irrigated with teriyaki sauce. The meat's about as fatty as you want it to be (it keeps it from skewing dry and stiff), suffused with the taste of the grill.

Okonomiyaki ($7, $9 with a fried egg) is Japanese comfort food. It's a plate-size rice flour pancake filled with scallions and cabbage, grilled, then pizza-topped with optional fried egg, bonito flakes, and a zigzag rope of tangy-sweet Kewpie mayo. Not a lot of finesse, you understand, but hella satisfying -- like seeing the Thursday street-food market capture the city's imagination. More photo love after the jump.

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Okonomiyaki: Japanese comfort food.

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Namu's modern take on Korean and Japanese dishes has sparked interest.

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